Due to Covid-19 we have had to cancel this course, we hope you will find an event later in the year that you can attend.

Wales became an essential part of the picturesque tour so that the splendour of nature could be captured by the newly developing medium of watercolour. Such exponents as Turner, Cotman and Constable captured the landscape and fleeting weather conditions with an unrivalled skill and sense of vision. By following their basic methods and techniques you will develop your own painting or at least gain insight into future possibilities.

If you have never painted before, by the end of the course, you will have an understanding of the medium and you will be able to appreciate the work of others and aspects of nature with a more informed eye. The course is a mixture of the practical and theory so it would be wise to be mindful of the variety of weather conditions we call the British summer.

There will be trips out but this will to a degree be flexible on the weather conditions.

The aim would be to visit the variety of landscape that this area can offer.

There is a pleasant and well lit studio space so there is an opportunity to use the grounds of the park to develop work and gain inspiration.

Tutor: David Johnson

David Johnson is a graduate of Goldsmiths College with many years’ experience of tutoring courses to different groups.

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Know how to make a watercolour wash and develop this into producing a picture.
  • Consider the methods of painters from the late eighteenth early nineteenth century.

Experience the response to nature and gain an insight on how to capture this in paint. This will be broken down in to the component parts for example the importance of outline – how to produce a range of colour that relates to the landscape – to do this some materials will be provided.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport
  • Personal and Travel Insurance

Before You Attend

Start and finish times

This course officially starts at 6.00pm on the Monday with dinner and registration.  Please aim to arrive between 4:00-5:00, there will be coffee and cake available from 4pm onwards. Breakfast will be at 8am; Lunch will be a packed lunch. The course will end the following Monday at breakfast.

What to bring

  • (Old) Warm clothes.
  • Waterproof top, waterproof trousers (can be hired from the Centre)
  • A  comfortable day sack, hat
  • Any additional comforts that you may need when working in different weather conditions
  • Water bottle and lunch box
  • Your art materials if you have any,
  • A small to middle sized sable brush
  • Camera (if you have one)
  • Pencil and Pencil Sharpener
  • Sun hat and sun block

From the tutor: This would be the basic requirements for a water colour painting. A palette – brush – water jar – three -primary colours (red yellow and blue) and watercolour paper. The rest is about personal choice and how much you would like to spend. If you could have a small brush (no 1 no 2) that was sable that would help. The most important thing is being comfortable outdoors, chairs, umbrellas, etc … a pencil, a good sharpener. There is lots of other stuff – a board, tape (gum strip) a hair drier if you use one. There is a difference between sketching in the field and what was known as working up a painting. The idea that you had to finish your masterpiece on the spot would not be one most artists of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century would recognize. But there are no rules in art just conventions so it would be better to talk through what materials you would need to realize your intentions.